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How hard do you want to keep working?

Hey, there!

I got a message from a client asking me why she couldn’t figure out how to record in Garageband (because that’s all she knew) directly to an MP3 file.

I knew that the answer I gave would be to a different question, but I did it anyway.

Here’s what I said.

Sure, I could have just told her (and I did) that you have to export MP3s from sound software, not record directly in them.

But more importantly, I asked her if she’d be willing to entertain the possibility of learning how to use Audacity and LAME, as opposed to Garageband.

Why?

Because Garageband is heavy. Unwieldy. Slow to boot. Slow to edit. It’s meant for music, and is overkill for voice over. Some versions require iTunes and a few extra steps just to export MP3s. It’s a bit clunky, like ProTools Lite.

And Audacity is light. Small. Powerful. Quick to boot. Ready in a flash. Free, and easy to export MP3s out of when you install LAME.

And yes, there is a slight learning curve on how to audition with Audacity (I’ve got a video class that can make it real easy for you) or use Audacity to record, edit and master your auditions and books for ACX (I’ve got a video class for that, too), but it’s not difficult at all.

The real benefit?

The countless hours you’ll save over the next century of your VO work life, being faster at recording, editing and exporting your auditions and work.

That is my wish for you. It’s why I recommend the tools I do.

What has your experience been like with your choice of sound recording and editing software? Use the comments below to let me know.

Hope this helps.

David

10 Responses to 6 Steps to a Perfect VO Demo

  1. Kelli August 18, 2011 at 2:58 am #

    I feel really good about my demo. It is a quick and fun process, even for someone like me who gets very self concious. :)

  2. David Britz September 5, 2011 at 11:25 pm #

    The demos are great. Superb quality. Why go anywhere else?

  3. David Britz October 20, 2011 at 3:51 pm #

    Can’t wait to record my Narration VO Demo!! :))

  4. Mike Brang December 31, 2013 at 9:44 am #

    Having a well-produced demo is one of the most important things in the VO business. I had a number of demos made from other producers in the past and they all had one thing in common — that manufactured, cookie cutter sound!
    What sets David apart from the rest, besides his affordable price and tremendously fast turn around time, is that all of the clips you record with him sound unique. Each spot sounds like an actual commercial you recorded for a job.
    My agent loved the quality and even asked who produced it to refer his other talent there!

    Thanks again, David for producing such a great, high quality demo for me. You made the process relaxing and enjoyable. I urge anyone reading this unsolicited reply to listen to David’s student demos to hear the difference for yourself. Anyone would be lucky to work with him

  5. Kristy Liles February 9, 2017 at 7:04 pm #

    I can not thank you enough. I worked so hard on 15 page IVR project, one day I cryed, look for answers, pull my hear (not really) but I was about until another VO send me this great tool. Thanks!

  6. Frank June 11, 2017 at 9:51 pm #

    David

    When v123 indicates the audition is for a student/ nonprofit are we to assume it is for $0. If so, why does the audition ask for an amount to be entered?

  7. shirley jordan June 12, 2017 at 5:58 pm #

    David,
    I did get this scam through Voice 123. In our discourse, they offered me the gig and they gave me the name of a legit local place to record and the same runaround with the money. I didn’t send anything, but instead, I called the studio to make sure the booking was for the day we set up, and lo and behold, the people there had no idea what I was talking about. I then tried to call back my “contact person” who was setting this up and there was a fax machine beep on the other end. I immediately contacted Voice 123 and told them what had happened. You know what they say…if it sounds togaed to be true, it probably is. Thanks for the reminder!
    Shirley

  8. shirley jordan June 12, 2017 at 5:59 pm #

    …too good…not togaed.
    The one time spell check didn’t work!

  9. Bernard Prame July 1, 2017 at 9:44 pm #

    extremely helpful demo. Thank you!

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